Tag: Lithuanian blockade

Putin Gives the World His Geography Lesson: ‘All the Former USSR is Russia’

April 28, 2015

Staunton, April 27 -The 150-minute film The President about Vladimir Putin is mostly boring and predictable in that it insists that “without Vladimir Vladimirovich nothing in the country will work,” Kseniya Kirillova notes. But she points out that there are three “lessons” contained in the film that must not be ignored. First, she argues, despite […]

25 Years Ago, Gorbachev’s Economic Blockade Failed to Keep Lithuania in the USSR

April 19, 2015

Staunton, April 19 — On April 18, 1990, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev imposed an economic blockade on Lithuania, an action that harmed the USSR as much as it hurt Lithuania but that did nothing to dissuade Lithuanians from seeking the recovery of their independence – a reminder of the limits of economic actions when a […]